Thomas Jefferson Explains Family Separations

Thomas Jefferson

My fellow Americans —

The reason families are separated at the border is that the United States, like many countries, has laws governing border crossings by non-residents.

When an adult is apprehended crossing our border illegally, they go into the criminal justice system and are placed in a detention center.

Keep in mind that an American citizen apprehended in the commission of a crime is not processed any differently. If you are placed in a detention center, I assure you that your children will not be in there with you.

A note on rhetoric: A strong line of argument should not require violent metaphors and manufactured hysteria — families “ripped apart,” children “torn from their mother’s arms” — to be persuasive.

Read the Declaration of Independence, for example.

Thomas Jefferson

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